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The four corners of the food crisis

July 2008

Population growth,rising affluence,energy policy and climate change – these are the “four corners” of the food crisis

The four corners of the food crisis

Arguably one of the most important geography in the news stories of 2008 is “The Food Crisis”, because it has already touched so many people’s lives.

Global food prices are being driven upwards by a series of inter-connected factors.

Population growth, rising affluence, energy policy and climate change – these are the “four corners” of the food crisis, a serious state of affairs leading to escalating prices and a growing shortage of food for many of the world’s poorest people.


This article closely supports GCE 2008 specifications:

  • AQA (Unit 1) Food supply issues (AS / option)
  • WJEC (Unit 4) Sustainable food supply (A2)
  • OCR (Unit 3) Population and resources (A2 / option)
  • Edexcel (Unit 4) Life on the margins: the food supply problem (A2 / option)

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